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Sculptra - Sunken Cheeks -Indianapolis
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- Cost: $2,400
- Indianapolis, IN
I'm a white male, 48 yrs old, 6'-0",...
- 27 Dec 2010
I'm a white male, 48 yrs old, 6'-0", 178 lbs.
I chose to have a procedure done to address my sunken-in cheeks. The area under my eyes had become saggy around my cheek area, and my lower eye lids have excess skin so as to look as if the skin is folding over as I smiled.
I had two consultations. My first visit helped educate me and answer, what exactly did I have? I have facial lipoatrophy (sp.?) I don't know the exact stage. And the visit cost $150, ~ 30 min.
I was told I would need cheek implants to correct the appearance. The cost was to be around $4K.
I then did additional research (internet, other Dr offices, and friends) and went to someone that did nothing but facial plastic surgery. By the way, if you call around to the different offices, the nurses and people who work there will tell you their opinion as to who is considered the tops in the area, and will tell you that you want to see someone who works on faces all the time. Don't go to the boob doctor!
After this additional research, I found two Dr in the Indpls area that were considered the top facial Dr's in the city. I chose the one closet to where I lived and had a consultation scheduled.
This office visit was $150 also. I was photograghed from different angles before I saw the Dr. Something that wasn't done before.
I was told that I would need cheek implants. But he also recommended forehead lift, lower eyelids would be cut 1mm to address the bags that are "created" when I smile, laser skin treatment, all for a total of $20K.
These consultations took place at the beginning of 2010.
Someone showed me photos of fillers used for treating facial conditions. I called the Dr. office (Dr. $20k) and his recommendation was Sculptra. The cost was to be $800/session and would need 3x.
I had my first treatment 12/22/10. The injections are a little uncomfortable (believe me when I tell you, I don't like needles! The anticipation of the process is worse than the event) but when you're in the chair, your mind is already made up. I was doing this, period.
Both cheeks were injected 4x. During the procedure he hit something in my left cheek that created a bump. When he did this, he told his asst, I had a hema-something? I just think it was a medical term for hitting a blood vessel or something. This is where a bruise occurred and it bled a little bit.
The soreness and slight redness lasted 2 days, as did the bump. The bruise from the bump lasted maybe a day longer. The massaging for those 2 days (5x for 5 min) is slightly uncomfortable. It felt like a deep bruise all around the area that was injected. But with the talk of nodules in your face, I was going to massage for the recommended time, and put ice on these areas.
I did the injections around 9:30 am and went Christmas shopping later that day. I was a little red in the area, and maybe a little shiny from the massage cream, but I don't think many people noticed. If they did, it was probably from those that have had it done, or those considering it.
I also went out with the guys on the second day after the treatment, and no one said anything. I think there may have been some suspicion, but I feel at 48 yrs old most guys are starting to see and feel time's affect. And I also think that if they did see a BIG difference they would have asked. But you can go out after the treatment without really worrying.
The slight swelling from the water in the Sculptra mix is disappearing. I don't feel any soreness in my cheeks after 5 days.
I go back in 1 month for second treatment.
As of today, I would recommend it. I know its been just a week and I don't know what additional loss of water from the Sculptra injections I'll see in the next few weeks, but I feel good about what I see today.
I will try to update again after next treatment.